Dog Breeds With Goatees, Beards and Mustaches
If you thought goats and guys were the only animals to boast chin hair, think again. That little tuft of facial hair sprouts from the snouts of some of man's best friends.
If you're looking for a dog who sports a fashionable goatee, you'll be happy to learn that several dog breeds not only have goatees but may have mustaches, too.
As fascinating as these pooches are, consider though that that facial hair needs a little bit of TLC.
The following breeds boast a goatee and some even have mustaches. Of course, these are just a few of the many breeds with beards.
If you are considering showing your dog make sure you read the breed standard carefully. Those beards need to be tidy and kept well in order.
Meet the schnauzers. These handsome dogs come in three sizes: miniature, standard and giant. Regardless of size, they all boast thick whiskers, a walruslike mustache and that irresistible beard.
Special care is mandatory: Water, food and slobber can easily cause the goatee to become discolored, so you must wipe down and dry the beard at least once a day.
Brushing the beard is also helpful in removing any food remnants and preventing these dudes from becoming smelly or unhealthy.
If you ever wondered, yes, a goatee comes at a price: extra care and grooming. If you're a clean freak, know what you'll be getting into before getting a bearded collie.
When he drinks, his beard will absorb water, which will inevitably drip all over your immaculate floors after he walks away.
When he eats, his beard will absorb food, which will get dirty and smelly and will inevitably get you dirty, too, as he comes close to you for some cuddling.
Cleaning up the floors after drinking and cleaning up the goatee after eating may not seem like that big of a deal, but expect some extra cleaning if your bearded dog loves to spend time outdoors.
Airedale terriers love the outdoors and digging and romping in the yard. That beard in the meanwhile collects dirt, debris and even the occasional burr.
Cleaning it up after outings will help bring back this breed's majestic looks.
These lovable pooches have shiny, silky coats and will grow goatees if the hair under the chin is allowed to grow unchecked.
Because Yorkies are small and fit well under furniture, their coats and beards may work better than your average feather duster in collecting dust bunnies. It's up to you to decide how long you want the beard to grow.
In the conformation ring, you may see it touch the floor, but most owners find a 4-to-6-inch beard ideal.
For a good reason, one of the Lhasa Apso titles is the "Bearded Lion Dog of Tibet." Unlike the lion, this breed sports a long, fluent goatee rather than a mane.
The whiskers and long beard, which often boasts tips darker than the rest of the body, gives him his unique character and regal appearance.
While it's true that the coat and head furnishings take quite a while to grow long, it's well worth the wait once this dignified fellow shows his stuff and looks apso-lutely stunning on the show ring.
A Couple Others
These are just a few of the many dogs boasting goatees, beards and mustaches.
Other breeds include the Australian Silky terrier, the Berger des Pyrenees, the Puli, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog, the Coton de Tulear, the Tibetan Terrier and the Maltese.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2013 Adrienne Janet Farricelli